Creating a Titanic Inspired Mixed Media Tin

This project was created for Frog Dog Studio, using their kit products.

Good morning everyone!
Today I am sharing with you my first project for this month, a Titanic inspired mixed media art tin.

OK, so let me just start by saying that this kit has definitely been one of my favorites!! There was so much inspiration here–Tina really outdid herself! I started by covering the tin in alcohol inks. Then, I used the Dusty Attic rusting powder (which I’m going to tell you is AMAZING!!!) to go over certain areas of the tin to give it that really old, vintage look.

I added a couple of the vintage style sticker pieces from the Tim Holtz collection in the kit, then used equal parts of the Amazing Crafts clear resin and hardener to create the first layer of the piece. At this point I was thinking of the tin as a giant bezel. I also added some of the Alumilite Pearlescent Powder and swirled it around a bit with the tip of the mixing stick.

After allowing that layer to dry overnight, I continued on the next day. I covered one of the chipboard gears with gold Stickles and added that, as well as a key to the next layer. A “metal” frame from Tim Holtz was also added around the pic. I poured in another layer of the Amazing Crafting Products Clear resin and added some of the Alumilite metallic gold powder. I used another stick to create a swirl pattern, then allowed that to dry overnight.

This is how it looked when it was all dry:

For the final touch, I drilled holes in the top and bottom and added some teal wire and beads.

And here is the finished product. The layers created with the resin are really amazing. It was funny, because while I was creating this project I began to feel a story behind the piece. With the rusted metals and the vintage photo it seemed to have a Titanic sort of vibe. When I showed it to one of my teenage daugthers (when it was complete) the first thing she said was “it looks like something from the Titanic”. My thoughts exactly!! 🙂


Coloring is Not Just for Kids!! Featuring the November Frog Dog Studio Mixed Media Kit

(This tutorial can also be found on the Frog Dog Studio Blog. All supplies used are from the Frog Dog Studio Mixed Media Kit, which can be purchased here.)

Good morning! Melissa here with this month’s texture tips. When I received this month’s kit and saw the coloring pages from Catherine Scanlon I was totally excited. Some of my favorite childhood memories are of me and my grandma coloring together. She always had a good stash of coloring books at her house, plus the 64 count box of crayons with the built in sharpener! (fist pump!!)

Also included in this kit are the watercolors. I was looking at everything together and I decided to do different pages in different mediums. So for the first coloring page I used the watercolors for my main source of color. I added in the embossing powder to the middle of the flowers and some of the glitter (attached using the Glossy Accents from the kit). The embossing powder adds a nice, shiny texture to the page. And of course so does the glitter (plus it’s just a really gorgeous color!)

Next I used the gel pens to add some accents. I used the green along the stems and the blue to fill in the dots. These pens also offer a smooth shiny texture.

As I was digging around in my stash I found a packet of words from Tim Holtz, so I used them to create a little phrase that I liked. I stuck them in the empty spot of the coloring sheet.

To finish, I cut around the edges of the page and found a background in my art journal that needed some help (ok, it was a really ugly epic fail page that I’ve always hated) and glued it down right over the top. Now it looks so much better 🙂

How do you cover up journal pages or mistakes that you make? I’d love to hear about it!